Procrastination. We all do it. The excuse is typically we’re “not in the mood”, so instead of completing the task at hand we find ourselves cleaning the fridge, or pinning recipes on our favorite social app. Soon enough, half of our day has passed us by, and it’s crunch time. So how exactly do we get focused? Today’s #MotivationMonday chat will help answer the question how to stop procrastination now!
How to Stop Procrastination
Avoidance, procrastination, dread…whatever the feeling is, it causes you to get off-task and lose focus. So what do you do to get back on track? First, let’s dive into why people procrastinate. Psychologists have said people procrastinate to “give into a good feeling.” However, that feel good feeling is only temporary. Afterwards reality sets in because that avoided task still requires completion.
So what do we do? First, we have to forgive ourselves for getting off task. Procrastination is linked to negative feelings. We feel guilty afterwards, so in order to move forward we have to reduce the guilt. Say it with me: I forgive myself for procrastinating.
Sticking with the mental pep talk, we also need to recognize that we don’t have to be “in the mood” to do our task. Taking away our excuse allows us the freedom to move forward.
Next, take small steps to work towards the task at hand. If you’ve been avoiding making phone calls for health appointments, start with opening your Google calendar, or appointment book if you have that. See what days you have available in the next month to book your appointments. Now that you have an idea what your schedule looks like, start with one appointment. Call and book it. You’ll feel much more accomplished once you get the ball rolling, and have less of an excuse to procrastinate too!
Another way I find helpful on how to stop procrastination is with essential oils. Applied to the skin or diffused in the air, these three Young Living essential oils are a procrastination crusher!
Motivation does exactly as its’ name describes. The powerful scent helps to promote feelings of action and accomplishment, which we’ve just discussed is the main stumbling block on why we procrastinate in the first place.
Envision™ is the least expensive essential oil of the three, at less than $19 wholesale (when ordered from Young Living). This essential oil contains scents that stimulate feelings of creativity, and encourages strength in achieving goals.
Magnify Your Purpose™ is a blend that stimulates creativity and focus.
Only Good Vibes
It’s all about feeding your mind with positive affirmations. That’s the motivation you need to keep moving forward.
- Forgive yourself
- Take away the excuse
- Take small steps
Share your thoughts below on this week’s How to Stop Procrastination chat. Let’s discuss it as a community. Tell me what you need help with – you may just see it in next week’s series!